First Shift Program

The First Shift

 

Canadian Tire First Shift Program

Launched in 2012, Grow the Game is a global initiative to add 1 million new players the game of hockey by 2022, with Canada serving as the starting point of those efforts.  Hockey in Canada has experienced historically low participation growth rates over the last few years, and today approximately 90% of Canadian families and their children choose not to play hockey.

Canadian Tire First Shift Program

The goal is to change the way hockey is offered.  Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our community, First Shift, and it’s follow-along, Second Shift, have been designed to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, FUN

The Mississauga Hockey League partnered with Bauer and Hockey Canada and offered this program in 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.  Along with 5 of our 6 Area Association partners (Applewood, Erindale, Heartland, Lorne Park Clarkson, and Meadowvale) we are once again offering the First Shift program in 2018-2019. Details for our fall 2018 programs are as follows (though please note that all of our Programs for 2018 are now full.)

Applewood Coyotes Erindale Spitfires M.H.L. Heartland Dragons Lorne Park Clarkson Wild Meadowvale Hawks
Welcome Event Saturday,
October 13, 2018
Saturday,
October 13, 2018
Saturday,
October 13, 2018
Sunday,
October 14, 2018
Sunday,
October 14, 2018
Sunday,
October 14, 2018
Noon to 2:00pm 2:30pm to 4:30pm 5:00pm to 7:00pm Noon to 2:00pm 2:30pm to 4:30pm 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena
On-Ice Sessions
(6 in total)
Sunday, October 28, 2018 to Sunday, December 2, 2018
2:15pm 4:15pm 4:15pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 3:45pm
Burnhamthorpe Arena Erin Mills Twin Arena (Rink 2) Tomken
Arena (Rink 2)
Paramount Fine Foods Centre (Rink 3) Carman Corbassen Twin Arena (West Rink) Meadowvale Four Rinks (Rink 2)
1500 Gulleden Dr. 3205 Unity Dr. 4495 Tomken Rd. 5500 Rose Cherry Place 1399 Cawthra Rd. 2160 Torquay Mews
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Cost for the program is $199 and includes a full set of equipment (from Bauer), and six weeks of on-ice training (from the Mississauga Hockey League).

The Welcome Event (as referenced above) is very important to attend as this is when your child will be fitted for, and receive his or her equipment.  It’s also an opportunity to meet some folks from Hockey Canada, Bauer, and the Mississuaga Hockey League, who will be putting on the on-ice sessions for your players.

So, if you have a child (or know a child), aged 6-10, who might be interested in giving hockey a try, has never played organized hockey before, and you’re a Mississauga resident, let’s get you signed up!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or by telephone at (905) 607-1118.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, we do offer a “Second Shift” program for those players who wish to continue-on after First Shift.  Second Shift is a transitional program that builds on the skills learned in First Shift and prepares the player to join our League.  Details re Second Shift will be provided during the First Shift program.

Further details re the First Shift program can be found at firstshift.ca.

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